Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. 90
    Without deploying reductive backstory or simplistic psychology, this fearless movie -- easily the year's best debut feature -- illuminates Esther's pathology as an extreme response to the mind-body split.
  2. 89
    An antidote to holiday cheer like no other, this French tale of psychological horror is as harsh as they come -– it’s like finding a severed finger in your stocking and then finding it’s even better with hollandaise.
  3. 80
    Makes heavy demands of even jaded viewers, who are unlikely to stomach de Van's anatomical noodling from the same curious distance. But for the brave, the film's literal journey to find the "I" inside the body moves forward with a riveting single-mindedness.
  4. As unrelenting an exploration of isolation and dissociation as Roman Polanski's "Repulsion."
  5. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Delves far more deeply into grisly physical manifestation than psychological motivation, making it seem something of an actorish vanity piece. But the drama is directed with arresting spareness and control.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    Fiercely uncompromising psychodrama infused with a keen intelligence and a sinister primordiality.
  7. As psychological drama, In My Skin falls short. But as pure horror, it's unforgettable.
  8. The results are unsparingly perverse and oddly spellbinding.
  9. 75
    Needless to say, In My Skin isn't for everybody. It's recommended to viewers who, like Esther, want to feel something, no matter how distasteful.
  10. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    In My Skin takes that pain/pleasure principle and magnifies it until you're either dumbstruck or running screaming from the theater.
  11. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    A truly trangressive film as unsettling as it is psychologically acute.
  12. 70
    The movie surely owes something to Polanski, Cronenberg, et al., in its use of an apparently placid, upper-middle-class setting as the background for perverse horrors, but De Van's fearless, high-wire performance is uniquely its own.
  13. An experience you won't easily shake.
  14. Even aside from the metaphorical aspect, this may be the first movie to give a precise sense of what drives people who self-mutilate.
  15. Spectacularly grotesque and literally nauseating, even for this usually intrepid moviegoer, In My Skin is among the more disturbing films in this blood-drenched cinematic season.
  16. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    A bizarre exercise in perversion that will well test even the most jaded art house audiences' appetite for the offbeat.
  17. It's a silly, if simultaneously deadpan and stomach-churning, psychological portrait of one crazy lady.

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